Laura is married and has two children. She lives in Dorset, but spent her formative years in Watford, a brief train ride away from the bright lights of London. Here she indulged her love of live music, and, following a spectacular Stevie Nicks gig, decided to take up singing, a passion that scored her second place in a national competition.
Laura is a graduate of the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme, a member of her local writing group, Off The Cuff, and an editor of the popular Romaniacs blog.
Laura was runner-up twice in the Choc Lit Short Story competitions. Her story Bitter Sweet appears in the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Anthology. Truth or Dare?, Laura’s debut novel, was shortlisted for the Festival of Romantic Fiction Best Romantic eBook 2013 and the 2014 Joan Hessayon New Writers’ Award. Follow me, follow you is Laura’s first Choc Lit novel published in paperback.
Get To Know Laura James
Tell us how the concept for Follow Me, Follow You came about?
It started as an idea sparked by meeting the fab author, Carole Matthews in October 2011. I was so excited to meet her, I introduced myself with the words, ‘I promise I’m not a stalker.’ I still get a little flushed thinking about that now.
While ‘Follow Me, Follow You’ isn’t about that meeting, it did sow the seed about following people on social media, and since I write romance, I wondered what the consequences would be if someone followed an old flame, without them knowing.
From that, I developed a whole new social network system, called EweSpeak, and made my heroine, Victoria Noble, owner and director, gave her a famous ex-boyfriend to follow, and took it forward from there.
What city is the story located in?
‘Follow Me, Follow You’ is set in and around Weymouth and Portland, Dorset, on the Jurassic coast, Southwest England. Chesil beach plays an important role.
Is this a city familiar to you? Does it hold significant to you?
It’s where I’ve made my home. My children are Dorset born and bred. I love being so close to the sea, and I enjoy being part of such a friendly town and community.
What tips can you give writers on how to research for a story?
My first port of call is the internet, followed by asking people in the know. Look to your friends and family – ask them about their experiences and experience. People are very willing to help, but you should let them know it’s research for a book if you want to avoid getting arrested. I hate to think what the police would make of the sites I’ve visited and the questions I’ve posed on Google, all in the name of research.
And don’t forget books – they are a great source of information and can be read from the comfort of the sofa.
Who is Laura E. James?
A wife, a mother of two children, a lover of music and books, and a woman on the verge of becoming a mad cat lady. Have you met SplatCat Rascal?
What is in store next for Laura E. James?
I’m in the throes of writing my third novel, ‘What Doesn’t Kill You’, which examines the pressures and problems the sandwich generation face, and the difficulties it can place on relationships, romantic and familiar.
I have a short story in the new Choc Lit anthology, to be released in the near future.
Where can readers find you?
I have various haunts:
Thank you so much for inviting here today. I hope your readers enjoy ‘Follow Me, Follow You’.
About The Book
You save me and I’ll save you…
Victoria Noble has pulled the plug on romance. As director of the number one social networking site, EweSpeak, and single mother to four-year-old Seth, she wrestles with the work-life balance.
Enter Chris Frampton, Hollywood action hero and Victoria’s first love. His return from LA has sparked a powder keg of media attention, and with secrets threatening to fuel the fire, he’s desperate to escape.
But finding a way forward is never simple. Although his connection with Victoria is as strong as when he was nineteen, has he been adrift too long to know how to move on?
With the risk of them breaking, will either #follow their heart?